10 Big-Batch Recipes to Make on Vacation

10 Big-Batch Recipes to Make on Vacation

Sheela Prakash
Jun 20, 2018
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If you're already dreaming about your vacation rental for the summer, aside from thinking about that pool or beach time you're desperately craving, you may be starting to think about what you'll cook up to feed the crowd. Rental kitchens can sometimes feel a bit limiting, but that doesn't mean you can't make some delicious meals (and desserts! And drinks!) that will please everyone. Here are 10 easy recipes to inspire you.

1. How To Make a Sandwich for a Crowd

Forget making multiple sandwiches and just make a giant one instead. This sandwich actually benefits from a night in the fridge, to let the bread soften, so it's a perfect choice when you're on vacation. Make it before bed and you can cart it to the beach the next day to feed the whole crowd.

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2. Big-Batch Costco Budget Sangria

No vacation is complete without a good cocktail. All of the ingredients for this simple sangria are sourced from Costco, so you won't have to break the bank to make a big pitcher for everyone. Plus, it's easy enough to double (or triple) the batch, depending on how thirsty your group is.

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3. Pesto Tortellini Pasta Salad

Since this pasta salad relies on a handful of store-bought ingredients like pesto, roasted red peppers, and cheese tortellini, it's an easy option when you're on vacation and working with a limited pantry. It also keeps well in the fridge, so you can make a double batch and reach for it throughout the week for lunch or dinner.

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4. Sausage and Eggplant Summer Frittata

Frittata is basically the ultimate vacation meal because it can be enjoyed countless ways. Enjoy it warm for brunch first, then pack up leftovers for easy lunches by the pool or tuck slices between bread for simple no-cook dinners.

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5. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

While rental kitchens might not have every pot and pan, they likely have a sheet pan kicking around, which means these crowd-pleasing fajitas are an easy dinner option. Plus, this recipe makes enough to feed everyone and then some.

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6. Greek Chicken Pasta with Olives and Feta

Want to make this light-and-fresh pasta even more vacation-friendly? Forget cooking chicken breast and instead just pick up a rotisserie chicken and shred it. This is another one that's worth making a double batch of, as leftovers are great cold the next day for lunch.

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7. How To Make Ice Cream Sandwiches for Crowd

If you want to be the person who wins this vacation, make these ice cream sandwiches. You just need a package of chocolate chip cookie dough and a quart of your favorite vanilla ice cream to achieve summer dessert bliss.

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8. 3-Bean Israeli Couscous Salad

This salad is light enough that it can play side dish to whatever you may be tossing on the grill, but it's also filling enough that it can be a wholesome lunch or dinner. The recipe also makes enough that you can have it both ways over the span of two days.

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9. Spicy Chicken Skewers with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

This spicy and sweet chicken can easily be doubled or tripled to feed your whole crew. Plus, leftovers are great in sandwiches or on salads, so it may be worth making a double batch regardless.

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10. Italian Sausage and Peppers Baked Ziti

The best part about this giant pan of baked ziti is that it can be prepared ahead of time. Fully assemble it — or even bake it and freeze it — before you leave for vacation and you can pack it up in the cooler and bring it with you to bake or reheat.

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